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Canon Pixma iP4000 review

Two black inks make this a superb three-colour printer

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Our Verdict

Fast budget printer that's a good all-rounder. Good results for three colours and comes with lots of features.

For

  • Separate ink tanks

    Built-in CD tray

    Dual paper sources

    Second black ink

Against

  • Slightly yellow prints

    Lightfast issues

There's almost everything on this stylish printer except the proverbial kitchen sink, including dual paper trays, integral duplexing unit and a CD printing tray. As an all-round office/photo printer it's hard to beat.

At the heart of the iP4000 are three coloured inks and two black inks. Considering the small number of inks in use the results are impressive. Part of the reason for the good image quality is a second lighter black that makes for good detail in the shadows.

Individual ink cartridges with transparent walls mean you can visually check on the remaining ink stocks by lifting the printer's lid. Or you can also check via the printer software utility.

As well as switchable dual paper trays, the iP4000 also has a built-in CD tray so you can print directly onto printable DVDs and CDs. It's a great feature and adds a professional look to homemade discs. The software supplied for CD labelling is a bit archaic, and it would be nice if Canon freshened it up a little.

For paper misers or green types there's a built-in duplex unit so you can print on both sides of a sheet of paper. You'll have to use relatively thick paper, though, as print-through can be a bit of a problem.

Image quality is for the most part very good indeed. Text is sharp and appealing while the colours are lively and vibrant. The supplied printer profiles do tend to veer towards yellow, but the black and white test was excellent. Overall the results are good with only a little bit of banding to spoil things.

If you want to pay a little extra for Wi-Fi capability then you can buy the Pixma iP4000R, which will enable you to print without wires over your AirPort network. It's a good way of sharing a printer and doesn't cost a great deal more.